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Fan in freezer has stopped working,have defrosted and fridge seems to be cooler.

Have noticed that the fridge has been running alot over the last few weeks and seemed to be louder than normal.enjoyed my bosch fridge freezer so much although it was purchased in 2003 and is it whorth fixing

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Simply defrosting the freezer might solve your problem. Sometimes ice can form on the fan or fan motor, and of course, prevents the fan from turning.

If there is ice here, your refrigerator isn't defrosting properly. This sounds like a defrost problem that may need a part replaced. Check out this site for details and photos. Refrigerator Defrost Parts

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